Okay, so the title of this post is just a tab bit of hyperbole. But you know that some people are thinking that tonight. Oh, wait, I’m sorry it’s not a State of the Union, it’s a “political vision” speech, explain to me the difference?
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Clap Counter: 66
Standing Ovation Counter: 43
10:08PM – The State of the Union, oh I’m sorry, the “political vision” speech is over. It was basically what I expected. It was more positive on the economy, and it needed to be because he’s been very negative on the economy thus far. He attempted to inject confidence in the economy, but actions speak louder than words. There were some specifics, mainly on green energy, but for the most part the speech was vague and rhetoric filled…a typical Obama speech. If you want a more detailed analysis of the speech I recommended reading what I wrote during the speech.
The speech ran just as long as a normal State of the Union speech, but I felt like it was longer. Maybe it was just because I didn’t agree with much of it, or maybe there was more clapping. By the way, my clap counter is probably a few claps off, I was busy writing when they snuck some in.
Let me give you my quick review of the speech, I will attempt to approach it from three different angles.
CNN: One of the most inspirational speeches since Obama’s last speech.
MSNBC: The greatest speech ever!
Fox News: A decent speech that was nothing special, but laid out his vision for the coming year.
10:04PM – Obama spotlights two examples of people succeeding or doing good things without government intervention. Ironic isn’t it.
10:03PM – From John Culberson via Twitter – “We are at war – seems to me honoring our troops should come on page one rather than the end of the speech.” He’s got a point.
10:00PM – Obama hails his decision to close Gitmo, and says that closing it makes us stronger and safer and that the United States “does not torture.” I guess we’ll have to wait until his committee defines “torture” before we can really say that. By the way, this speech is flirting with being longer than all of Abe Lincoln’s speeches combined. Of course I’m kidding about that.
9:57PM – Obama says he’s going to find a way to responsibly end this war. No one has ever really elaborated as to what that is. And by the way, Big Nance Pelosi is going to pull a hamstring if she keeps jumping up like she is.
9:54PM – Again Obama says that he’s going to end tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs overseas. That’s why they ship jobs overseas, because taxes are lower. Obama says that if you make under $250,000 a year you will not see your taxes raised a “dime, not a dime.” That’s already a lie, he’s already raised the cigarette tax by signing SCHIP. Fun story, that’s a tax.
9:52PM – Obama says that we passed a stimulus “free of earmarks.” Technically yes, but who cares what it’s called, wasteful spending is wasteful spending. Obama says they’ve already found $2 trillion is unnecessary spending. In the name of transparency why doesn’t he release what those savings are?
9:51PM – Obama says that American education begins with the parents. Ya know what that means…government provided parents! There’s a new government agency, “The Agency of Government Provided Parents.”
9:48PM – Obama says everyone “needs” more than a high school education. Does that mean he’s going to mandate college?
9:45PM – Obama says health care reform “cannot wait, and will not wait another year.” Again, how does this exactly fit into his plan to cut the budget deficit? All of his solutions to these programs include more government intervention and government spending.
9:43PM – Obama says “we can afford to put health care reform on hold.” Obama begins to mention Congress’ passage of SCHIP and Nancy Pelosi jumped up like a piranha was biting at her butt.
9:38PM: Obama breaks down some issues. Energy – The country that harnesses “green” energy will lead the world (or something like that). “It’s time for America to lead again,” in relation to “green” energy. Obama says the “recovery” plan will inject the largest investment in energy research and a bunch of other crap. He also says we’re going to lay down a crap ton of power lines and make homes and building more energy efficient. Obama says he wants a cap and trade system on carbon pollution. More socialist tinges.
Obama says he’s going to invest $15 billion in more green energy. How does that fit into halving the budget deficit?
Obama says that he “will not project [the auto industry] from their own bad business.” That’s exactly what we’ve done, they’ve failed to make cars people want, and they’ve took huge hits for it.
9:37PM – Obama says that government “catalyzes private enterprise.” There’s some hidden socialist propaganda for ya.
9:36PM – Obama sees the budget as a “vision for America, a blueprint for our future.” I guess we can consider that foreshadowing for the largest fiscal year budget ever. Obama says he rejects the view that problems will take care of themselves, and he says that history tells a different story. He says that during every turmoil the government has responded. Yeah he’s right, they did, that doesn’t mean it has worked.
9:33PM – Obama says that it’s the government’s job to solve the problem. But wait, I thought Obama was against big government. “It’s not about helping banks it’s about helping people.” – Barack Obama (great populist rhetoric) Obama also says that when credit is flowing again businesses will be able to hire workers again, well not if they continue to face a high business tax and an even higher capital gains tax. And small businesses won’t be hiring people if the payroll tax is increased. Obama also says it’s time to put into place new tough “rules of the road” when it comes to regulations. Again, I thought he was against big government?
9:29PM – My question about Obama’s housing plan. How do you tell the difference between someone who “bought more home than they could afford” and someone who was simply cheated by the system?
9:27PM – Obama says that the ability to get a loan and the flow of credit is the lifeblood of the economy. He also says that these banks are “fearful of lending.” He’s correct, but his plan only makes them more fearful but allowing judges to intervene in the contract between a bank and a homeowner and change the agreement.
9:26PM – “Nobody messes with Joe.” – Barack Obama
9:24PM – Obama mentions that 95% of the country will recieve a tax cut. Uhh…nope. Again, it’s a tax credit, they’re temporary. And it adds a massive $8 a week.
9:22PM – Obama says he doesn’t believe in bigger government and says he’s mindful of the massive debt! Despite those two things he still signed a $786 billion spending plan. With that line he got a standing ovation from the Dems and of course the three musketeers stood up. This speech, thus far, has simply been Obama’s stump speech when he was attempting to sell the stimulus to the country.
9:20PM – Obama says that we’ve known for years that we need more oil (or something like that), but we continue to import more oil than ever before. Yet for the longest time on the campaign trail he failed to back offshore drilling and his Interior Department is going to review it for 180 days. He also says that people bought homes they couldn’t afford, yet he’s going to let judges bailout those homeowners.
9:19PM – Obama gets positive saying “we will rebuild” and we will emerge “stronger than before.” Of course everyone stands up…add one to the clap counter!
9:16PM – Pelosi introduces Obama, and this time it actually looks like she means she’s “honored and privileged” to do it.
9:15PM – Fox News just reported that the Obama camp is saying his approval ratings are no longer related to the inauguration or even the campaign but are only a reflection of his policies over the last month. What a fantasy idea!
9:10PM – Barack Obama just entered the chambers. So that’s one clap and one standing ovation on the clap counter. The event is running about 12 minutes late. The Obama is dubbing this a “political vision speech” and not a State of the Union speech. Uhh, didn’t we just get cleansed of 2 years of political vision speeches on the campaign trail?